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Pineapple Dream Bars

Pineapple Dream Bars

Pineapple Dream Bars

Dream of ocean breezes and sandy beaches? These amazing and popular bars will make the top of your ‘to make’ list after one try.

Beginning with a cake mix, adding in a few other ingredients, it’s hard to guess it’s not completely from scratch. 

The filling has cream cheese…that says it all.

And then the topping is a fabulous glaze that brings it all together so you’ll think you hear ukulele’s playing.

Come on and let’s make these bars up real quick together by clicking over to the next page.

Pineapple Dream Bars



1 white or yellow cake mix

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1 egg



8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

2 Tbls sugar

2 Tbls milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg

20 oz. can crushed pineapple, drained


1  1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla

3 – 6 tsp milk


To begin, drain the pineapple very well, moving it with a spatula to help get out all the juice possible. The pineapple needs to be pretty dry, so allow it to sit as you make up the rest of the recipe.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the mix cake mix, butter and egg together.Press lightly into a pan that has been lined with parchment/ coated with spray release.

Notice I divide the dough into thirds to help me make it even in the pan more easily.

In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, milk, vanilla, egg and well drained pineapple until smooth. Spread pineapple mixture over the base. Bake 25 – 30 minutes until the edges are fairly brown and the center is set firm.

Cool completely.

Mix the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk together in a small bowl.

Drizzle the glaze evenly over cooled dessert.

Refrigerate at least 2 hours and cut into bars.

Store in refrigerator.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014.

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